HEARTBEAT: Heart Valve disease and what you need to know

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Baton Rouge, LA (NBC 33/ Fox 44)

We hear a lot about heart disease as it relates to blockages of the arteries, and electrical problems. But there are things that can go wrong with the parts of your heart, structural problems, like heart valve disease.

Valvular Disease happens when one or more of the heart’s valves don’t work well. Those valves work to keep the blood flowing during its journey through the heart between each of its pumping chambers.

Dr. Garland Green likens the flaps in these valves to doors in a house. If they’re not working the way they should, it impedes flow. In this case, the flow of blood.

When it comes to your heart, if a valve is opening too slowly, the heart has to work too hard to do its job.

“So basically the doors don’t open very well and your heart literally has to force them open in order to move the blood to the next part,” explained Dr. Green. “Those are things we call stenoses.”

All month long we’ll learn more about Valvular Disease…the types, the symptoms, and the treatments available. So be sure to join us Thursday nights at 10 on NBC Local 33 News.

Meantime, for more information on Valvular Disease and the Cardiovascular Institute of the South’s Structural Heart Program, just head to their website.

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